I was invited by Hao to do an interview about work/life balance on his popular Balance The Grind website recently. I received lots of nice feedback via my LinkedIn post so I thought I’d post the link up on this blog for any readers who don’t inhabit social networks, ‘professional’ ones or otherwise.
You can read the interview here. I would love to hear your feedback on how you approach work/life balance.
Update 28 Nov 2021: Add disclaimer regarding the reverse proxy to Heroku example
Update 8 Oct 2021: Include instructions for simpler Caddy install
When I first started working on Blogline (a fast, minimalist blogging platform), I had only planned to use it for my own blogs. Like most app developers (certainly those using Rails), I originally hosted it on Heroku, which has decent support for TLS if you're working with only a handful of known domains. Once I'd finished the early prototype, I decided it might be fun to turn it into a SaaS product that would allow customers to create a blog on their own domain in seconds. This didn't sound complicated technically – the main problem was how to manage TLS certificates.
Your inbox is probably a noisy place that you don't enjoy visiting. Am I right? I recently read the following tweet which motivated me to clear out my work inbox for 2021 (I only use Gmail for work).
I'll keep tweeting this until I wear it out because it sorta changed my life 😂— Julian Shapiro (@Julian) April 27, 2021
If you want to avoid 95% of promo spam in your inbox, just set up a Gmail filter that moves any email with the word "Unsubscribe" into a separate folder.
Welcome to a clean inbox.
You can do the same thing in Fastmail, Yahoo or whatever, but here’s how I did it in Gmail. If you’re using HEY this entire post is probably irrelevant!
Confusing vernacular isn’t a new thing to me, but I’ve noticed that an acronym population steadily increases as projects, or entire companies, expand. I can sort of understand. When a company is bigger, there are more people and more things going on. More projects, more meetings, more presentations. Typing “Engaged User Growth Hack” becomes tedious the 14th time you write it in your proposal, so someone initialises it (EUGH) the first time and uses the acronym there on in. Once the document is circulated, it’s inevitable that at some point – it might take a few meetings, but eventually – it becomes common parlance. "How is the EUGH rate looking this week, Ted?"
Whether you’re a new hire reviewing an onboarding guide on your first day, or a seasoned employee reading the latest project proposal, you’re probably going to be faced with a sea of acronyms. The more there are, the more confused you'll be. This is bad for morale and bad for business, so it's your job as a leader in an organisation to spare everyone from this misery by eliminating acronyms as much as possible in your organisation. Here are my top tips.